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Association response to Home Office pay award announcement

PSA National Secretary, Dan Murphy has commented on today’s Home Office pay award announcement:
“Today’s announcement comes during a national emergency unlike anything we have faced before, which has required the critical services of police officers to protect and support our country.
 “Now, more than ever, the value of policing and all our public services is clear, and earlier this year we put forward evidence to support an appropriate pay increase that recognised the long term commitment of all officers.
 “We are disappointed that the pay rise falls short of that jointly recommended by the Police Superintendents’ Association and the Police Federation.  Together, we called for a 5% increase in an effort to close the pay gap created by austerity, which in real terms has seen police officer pay fall by 18% over the past 10 years.*
“However, we are pleased to see that once again, the independent process created to inform decision making around police pay is being followed by the Government.
 “The Police Remuneration Review Body was designed to consider affordability to the public purse, alongside the position of all relevant stakeholders when making its recommendations, and we have repeatedly called for its recommendations to be valued and accepted.  The fact that it’s recommendations relating to pay have been accepted is a sign that this process is starting to work.’’
Our 2020 submission

On 7 February 2020, in conjunction with the Police Federation of England Wales, the PSA published its submission to the PRRB, recommending that police officers receive a pay uplift of 5% across all ranks. Last year officers were awarded 2.5%.

*Over the past 10 years, when using the Consumer Price Index (including housing) method of calculating inflation, police officer pay has fallen in real terms by 8.7% - and when the Retail Price Index is used that figure becomes 18%.
Read our joint submission with PFEW here. Read the PSA submission here.

The employer (NPCC) requested 2.5% 
The independent review board (PRRB) recommended 2.5%
The Government awarded 2.5%